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13101 Tyler Run Ave. Odessa, FL 33556
phone number: 813-928-4322 email@example.com
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Andrea Whiting began riding in 1977 at Germantown Stables on the outskirts of Memphis, TN and spent the next fifteen years of her life riding hunters and jumpers. She rode with such noteable instructors as Col. Don Nance in Dallas, TX and Evelyn Stephens in Tampa, FL.
Despite growing up riding hunters, she always had a secret passion for riding saddle seat after she attended the Miami All Arabian show as a spectator from 1979 - 1981. She loved the bold moving horses and the colorful outfits that the riders wore.
In 1986 as a college student at the University of South Florida, Andrea started riding with Evelyn Stephens in Tampa and was finally introduced to saddle seat riding on some of Evelyn's saddlebred horses. Her first ride on the grand old retired equitation horse, Wing-A-Ling, was enough to convince her that this was a style that she felt comfortable with. Over the next several years, she would ride a variety of horses with Evelyn.....park horses, five-gaited horses, roadster horses and more!
Andrea started assisting in the riding program at a local Saddlebred horse barn in 1998, and by 2002 she was trainer and instructor at a local Morgan horse training stable.
In 2005, it was time to head out on her own. Andrea leased a small barn on ten acres in Carrollwood and started Arbordale Riding Academy. Business rapidly grew and 2010 found Arbordale Riding Academy in its present location in Odessa on fifteen grassy acres.
Andrea's horses and riders continue to earn championship rides in both the Morgan and Saddlebred show venues and 2012 saw a dream come true, a horse and rider trained by Andrea Whiting won a National Championship title and two other horses and three riders earned top ten World Championship ribbons!